Tag: Religion

Education Minefields When the Diaspora Returns

Champions endure the hardest hits–psychological and emotional–and carry themselves forward with the idealism needed to see through the most barren desert landscapes.  We’re charged with getting an education and then returning home to make things better.  We’re up for the challenge.  But we can’t be surprised when we get hit on

Capitalism Down the Interstate

I was in grad school when a professor asked, “What metaphor would you use to describe how power structures stay intact?”  We were studying Faucoult and had come to his explanation of how individuals give up their power to others, with his example of a moving ship and how everyone does their

Boxes Echo Eternal Conformity

We love the sound of our own voices, and there’s a condition associated with narcissism that calms people when they look at pictures of themselves (if you’ve ever wondered why we take so many selfies).  The same goes for values.  We like to hear our own values echoed back to

When Girard Married Freire: The Scapegoat Rides Praxis into the Sunset

It’s about to get real nerdy in here.  Turn around and walk away.  Don’t read any further.  If you pass beyond this point of warning then all consequences will be your own and you will be held accountable.  So…  Do the right thing.  Just stop reading now.

From Hipster Beards to Tiki Torches

Sometimes I wonder about the critical thinking skills of our era.  We are taught in school rote behavior.  Regurgitate, bell rings, regurgitate, bell rings, regurgitate, bell rings.  In that form of habitualization, we stop thinking for ourselves.  You become even more aware of this tactic after you read “Social Class and School

When We Hope to Be Pure

I’ve been revising chapter five in my novel for about two months now.  On the second draft and I was moving along quite nicely until I hit chapter five.  There was something about the chapter that wasn’t gelling.  The previous four ran smooth and there was a dynamic quality that forced

Shark Attacks: Making Friends in the Feeding Frenzy

If you’ve ever watched a documentary on sharks then you’re familiar with the feeding frenzy.  This is when a school of sharks start to feed on prey.  It can be an attack on a single victim or a school of other fish, but once the feeding begins the energy multiplies

Scrutiny of Dark Skinned Males

Do you think you watch the behavior of dark skinned males more closely than other people?  Maybe you feel you don’t.  Then you have to watch this video:

Non-Competitive Modus Operandi

You were plugging away on the keyboard, doing your thing, writing your stories, singing the songs you want to sing, and then out of nowhere you get attacked by some overly competitive asshole.   If you’re not competitive, then why would someone go out of their way to compete against you?

Being In’din is a Party: To Convolute the Convoluted in Joseph Boyden’s Controversy

You don’t like to think of yourself as a Girardian cliché.  Neither do I.  But we like to oversimplify.  Living life on the spectrum takes tremendous amounts of consideration (aka compassion) and tremendous amounts of time (aka love).  But we live on a spectrum.  Nothing is black and white.  Not

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